Providing Internships

Internships are great opportunities for you to recruit and retain potential employees to work on special projects or events, or to provide support during times of higher demand. Internships can provide you with an inexpensive recruiting tool, and an opportunity for you to train and evaluate future employees — as students integrate and apply their academic coursework into a professional work situation and gain valuable skills and experience.
Student at a medical lab internship

Students will receive academic credit for their internships, so it’s your responsibility as the employer to design internship responsibilities or projects that are substantive and challenging and to provide training and supervision for interns.

Internships are generally 10–20 hours per week during the academic year, and part- to full-time during the summer.

Create an Internship Position

  1. Set objectives for the internship.
  2. Assign a supervisor to be responsible for providing training and maintaining contact with the intern.
  3. Write a job description that includes the following:
    • Duties and responsibilities
    • Educational qualifications
    • Background and skills needed
    • Number of hours per week
    • Compensation
    • Application procedure

    The internship should be a professional-track position. The job description must be more than filing, answering the phone, photocopying, or other routine responsibilities.

    Check our Recruiting Policy for other requirements.

  4. Post the position using our online job and internship system, SPULink. If you do not have an SPULink account, you will be asked to create one first. Your employer account will need to be approved before your job or internship is posted, but you can complete both forms at the same time. If you need assistance, email spucareercenter@spu.edu.

    We do not accept postings by mail or fax.

  5. Choose the applicants you wish to interview and hire. Interested students will apply directly to you according to the procedures you have requested in SPULink.
  6. The students work in partnership with their faculty sponsor and internship site supervisor to develop the learning objectives and activities required for academic credit. This information is then entered by the students into an online “Learning Contract” and routed to the faculty sponsor and internship supervisor for digital signatures.
  7. The student begins work at your organization on an agreed-upon date and continues until the end of the internship. The internship period may be for a number of consecutive quarters or may be quarter-to-quarter. The minimum length should be 8–10 weeks.

Feedback

A quality internship site will ensure that interns are trained on the job and receive an orientation to the organization. In addition, continual feedback, both positive and negative, provides the student with a valuable learning experience.

You and your interns will receive links to online evaluation forms near the end of the quarter, which you may use as a basis for evaluation. Be sure to complete your evaluation in a timely manner so that it can be sent to the faculty sponsor by the grade deadline. If you would like to complete the evaluation earlier in the quarter, email Pat Parsons at pparsons@spu.edu.

Work-Study Positions

Work-study positions can often be structured as internships, because they directly relate to a student’s field of study. Before hiring a student through the State Work Study (SWS) program, you must be approved by the Washington Student Achievement Council and Seattle Pacific University. For more information on becoming a work-study employer, email the Office of Student Employment at ose@spu.edu.

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Beyond Mentoring

In Career 360, SPU students meet with several people within your organization to gain a variety of perspectives. In a job shadow, students spend a half-day observing one of your employees on the job. Contact the Center for Applied Learning at cal@spu.edu or 206-281-2942 to arrange a Career 360 or job shadow.

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